From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. The Project Lead The Way Engineering program at ATA empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. While most graduates of this program choose to pursue a 4-year college degree, students gain in-demand knowledge and skills they will use for the rest of their lives, on any career path they choose.
Meredith Smith teaches Engineering and Science at ATA. Ms. Smith has over 24 years of teaching experience and has been at ATA for almost 15 of those years. Ms. Smith graduated from York College in Pennsylvania with a degree in Science and a minor in Physics. In addition to her undergraduate degree, Ms. Smith earned a certification in Chemistry from Wesley University in 1996 and obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Francis Marion University in 2002. Ms. Smith also holds certifications to teach AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and Project Lead the Way. Before coming to Horry County Schools in 2005, Ms. Smith taught in Marion County, South Carolina, Lakenheath, England, and Milford, Delaware. Ms. Smith was nominated as the ATA teacher of the year in 2018 and 2012, the ATA teacher of the month in 2015, and the Creek Bridge High School (Marion) teacher of the year in 2002. She received the Leadership Award from the Gear Up program at the University of South Carolina in 2003 and received the 2001 Year of the Child Award presented by the state of South Carolina. In addition to her love of teaching, Ms. Smith enjoys spending time with her family, reading novels, and is an active golfer and boater.